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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona; Eastern Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Callaway Mack Daddy wedges
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Last Updated: June 29, 2021
Top 10 Courses Played (as of 6/2021):
1) Pebble Beach
4) Rams Hill
6) The Links at Spanish Bay
7) Torrey Pines
9) Seven Canyons
10) Shadow Ridge
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Sal Barajas's Golf Course Reviews
Played here 9/18 with GK members Jon P, Nat P, and our friend Bert A. on a picture perfect day in East San Diego County with a 9:51am tee time. It had... » More
Played here 9/18 with GK members Jon P, Nat P, and our friend Bert A. on a picture perfect day in East San Diego County with a 9:51am tee time. It had been years since I had played Sycuan and even longer since playing the Oak Glen 18. It was nice to come back and see the property again. Conditions today were a mixed bag and from what I overheard at the turn, the Willow Glen side is in far worse condition, so happy to have gotten out when and where I did.
Tees: The first tee box was about as chewed up as I have ever seen a 1st tee. The original white tee box appeared to be under repair but where the markers were set up was a total mess. The rest weren't as bad but plenty of them were below average.
Fairways: Good to great shape. They were visually nice and the roll was good. I don't remember any bad lies that were the fault of the course, however that was only because I didn't land in the numerous areas under repair (some roped off).
Rough: Penal under the oaks, not so much in other areas. The rough wasn't as bad as it could be but it was thick enough in some places you could easily lose your ball.
Sand: Was only in one bunker and it had sand; that's about it. The sand wasn't fluffy, leaning more towards hard panned.
Greens: The highlight of the round and a surprising one at that given that the practice green directly in front of the clubhouse was a shaggy mess! The greens on the course were medium fast, smooth, and had some tricky breaks. There were a handful of greens that had some damage but the greens keeper did a gob job with pin placements.
ETC: Carts seem new with nice seats, Shark Bluetooth systems, and good GPS. Staff was friendly and got us out on time. One particular issue I DID have was the marshal out this day. He tailed our group on more than once occasion and asked us to keep up with the group ahead (nicely) but without realizing that we were indeed a shot behind them. This happened again with his timing most inopportune as he rolled up on us the exact moment the group ahead got into their carts; annoying particularly on a 5 hour round and tee sheet packed to the brim. Recommended if you can get out for under $75.» Close
Played in the big Golf Moose/GK outing on Monday 9/20 alongside Perry, DConn and Gary O. Nick covered all the basics on condition and I couldn't find ... » More
Played in the big Golf Moose/GK outing on Monday 9/20 alongside Perry, DConn and Gary O. Nick covered all the basics on condition and I couldn't find anything I didn't agree with 100%, outside of the following:
*Tees were a tad more chewed up from what I remembered. Understandably on some par 3's but some par 4's also had turf issues.
*I thought the greens ran a bit faster than medium fast as our group had plenty of feather touch putts that still ran well past the hole.
Notes from my perspective:
This outing could have really showcased how Morgan Run stands out in regards to running a golf outing of this size, but it actually did the opposite. I rolled in and saw no one at the bag drop, I found my way to the registration area and thankfully Johnny was taking lead with the GK people, but that was only a certain percentage of the people here this day. The restaurant was swamped with people looking for breakfast options and the staff was clearly overwhelmed as the poor worker was running around trying to get to all the cranky hordes of folk surrounding the bar bombarding her with orders. The facilities don't seem equipped to handle this much commotion either as the range was poorly organized to accommodate all. The ice situation was funny as no one except a fellow GK member alerted me to the random cooler with ice off to the side somewhere. The food options were limited on the pre-order papers in the cart, but no one said anything about us not getting the wraps until AFTER the round until we made our way back towards the clubhouse restaurant 70% of the way into our round. By this point after breaking down the logistical nightmare of what that would look like with Perry, we decided to skip it. A lot of area for improvement. As for the course, it was great to play, nice to see green fairways and smooth greens. Pace was absolutely atrocious (after getting an email expecting a 4-4.5 hour round) and I am sure there were too many teams period, far too much slow play from almost every group, and lots of pressure from just about every group behind.» Close
Got to sneak out yesterday (8/19) and play Oakcreek with my father in-law on a 12:30pm tee time on an unusually but wonderfully cool day in Sedona wit... » More
Got to sneak out yesterday (8/19) and play Oakcreek with my father in-law on a 12:30pm tee time on an unusually but wonderfully cool day in Sedona with a slight breeze all day that didn't affect club selection. Staff here is always friendly and those in the know can sign up for wonderful email/text deals that although prepaid, offer great discounts on this course, even better than GolfMoose/UnderPar deals. Got out a few minutes early in spite of the fact course parking lots were packed and there seemed to be more play here than at any time previous.
Tees: Mixed bag as some of the blue tees we played were chewed up quite a bit, hole 8 comes to mind. Others weren't nearly as bad but better conditions are expected here as almost all the holes have tee marker locations that bring untrimmed trees into play, so you need those extreme edges of the turf between the markers to shape shots and avoid branches on your tee shot.
Fairways: Excellent condition. This has been an unusually stormy monsoon season and no more than 24 hours before my tee time, Sedona got pelted with heavy rain so the fairways were plenty soggy (imagine walking on a firm waterbed) but very playable, as maintenance crews here do well with pumping water out of play. Roll wasn't nearly as good as it was last time I played here with Matt P., but lies were still good.
Rough: Depending on what part of the course, it could be fairly penal. There are tons of trees here so the areas directly under or next to the canopy of trees are always thicker and harder to get out of. More than a few times I simply took my medicine and hit a wedge out, it was that thick.
Sand: The most disappointing part of the course. Naturally, this course (as well as Sedona GR and even Seven Canyons) uses red rock dirt in its sand and after a rainstorm, it's the last place you want to be in. It's rock hard, doesn't drain well, and the "sand" makes it impossible in greenside bunkers. Thankfully was only in one bunker and it was a fairway one so it wasn't awful, but they could stand to add tons more sand (or dirt if they so wish) to the bunkers.
Greens: The highlight of the round; they were visually pleasing, rolled incredibly well (with speeds varying from med-slow to incredibly fast), and tested you just enough to keep you on your toes.
ETC: As mentioned, staff is friendly. Carts have ice in chests and ball cleaners, but no GPS. Saw a beverage cart for the first time ever and they are encouraging people to call in food orders on #8 so you can easily swing by restaurant and pick it up at the turn. Lots of parking behind the clubhouse. Small and intimate property with amazing scenery. Pace of play here is always good. To give you an example, today was the slowest round I have ever played here and it was still a touch under 4 hours. Highly recommend.» Close
Played here today (7/7) with GK member Alex R. and his friend Francisco on an 11:10am tee time using my Troon AZ card. Seven Canyons doesn’t seem to p... » More
Played here today (7/7) with GK member Alex R. and his friend Francisco on an 11:10am tee time using my Troon AZ card. Seven Canyons doesn’t seem to plan ending their association with Troon anytime soon and they are always accommodating. Last time
I played here 7 months ago, the course was in bad winter shape, however with recent thunderstorms and a fruitful spring, the course is looking great!
Tees: Good to great shape. A few holes were beat up (played blue tees) but teeing off at 11 and with members going off early, they saw action before us.
Fairways: Great to excellent shape. They were vibrant green with mower marks on many of them. Great roll and lies were nearly always perfect.
Rough: Penal and humbling. Miss the fairways and get stuck in thick stuff made thicker with grass trimmings peppered everywhere not in the fairway. Not Torrey bad but made you take your medicine.
Bunkers: Only in two today abs perhaps the weakest part of the course. They were a tad crunchy and didn’t have as much sand as I prefer, though there was enough to play from. Rakes were available.
Greens: Nearly perfect. The roll was smooth and quick at times, slow on others. Some breaks played towards the red rocks, some didn’t. It was a guessing game at times, in the best way possible.
ETC: Place is total class. Staff is friendly and never pretentious. Clubhouse offers anything you may need. Layout is fun with a nice variety of holes; a few drivable par 4’s and scenic par 3’s on the front. Anyone not having played here in more than 5 years must note the nine’s have been flipped. Great carts with GPS and ability to order food. Prices are reasonable for what you are getting and considering that the Sedona Golf Resort a few miles away nearly charges what Seven Canyons does. Highly highly recommended and if you are in the Sedona area, reach out to me, I may be able to get you on!» Close
Played here today (6/28) as part of my GK Cup match against Chuck, accompanied by his two family members, Jim and Vic (great people all around). First... » More
Played here today (6/28) as part of my GK Cup match against Chuck, accompanied by his two family members, Jim and Vic (great people all around). First time playing this course and left impressed by how tight it played and how badly it beat me around. I was however disappointed in having to play the back 9's of both courses rather than just a full 18, but they seem to have one front/nine closed most of the time for maintenance. Overall, it was a good experience, even if my game didn't show up at all.
Tees: Odd placement of markers on many holes, forcing the golfer to rethink club selection and shot shaping. Okay shape on most, but some where chewed up.
Fairways: Good to great shape, given it is nearly July and the last 2 weeks have been 115+ down in the mesa. Good color, nice long run (not always a good thing unless you hit it straight every time), and very good lies all day.
Rough: Not much to speak of, the rough that DOES exist isn't penal at all. The natural waste areas are FAR more penal and very unforgiving.
Sand: Was in a few bunkers and I thought the sand could be better. There were often little pebbles in the bunkers, not a ton of sand in them, and the sand was more like brown dirt than traditional sand from Augusta.
Greens: The highlight of the round, even if some of the greens were solid concrete on approach shots. The roll was fair and quick, the breaks were tricky but not so crazy that you would walk away scratching your head.
ETC: Carts with basic GPS and cooler with ice. Comfort station where the carts are that had water, ice, tees, markers, and divot tools. Staff was friendly and helpful. Property can get a bit tricky to maneuver if you don't pay attention. Nice range and practice area. Good (but Scottsdale-expensive) food after the round. Pro shop had all you needed. A nice variety of holes and happy to see conditions still good in late June. Recommend!» Close
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